"MICHEL GONDRY IS IN FINE FORM WITH THIS UNPRETENTIOUSLY CHARMING FILM ABOUT THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN TWO 12-YEAR-OLD BOYS" - DAVID STRATTON
MICROBE & GASOLINE
MICROBE ET GASOIL
FRANCE • COMEDY • 104 MINS • 2015 • M
DIRECTOR: MICHEL GONDRY
CAST: ANGE DARGENT, THÉOPHILE BAQUET, AUDREY TAUTOU, DIANE BESNIER
Microbe & Gasoline is celebrated director Michel Gondry’s winning portrait of two adolescent outsiders determined not to follow the herd.
On the eve of a long, tedious summer vacation, Microbe (Ange Dargent) and Gasoline (Théophile Baquet), decide to take their own holiday in a homemade house on wheels as neither want to spend time with their own families.
Gondry has unearthed a fresh talent in the charismatic Baquet as Gasoline, an inveterate tinkerer uniquely untroubled by the opinion of his peers. Gasoline quickly bonds with the timid and introspective Microbe (named for his diminutive stature), a character quite possibly based on the director himself. The two have an enthralling chemistry, lending their friendship an impressive vérité that gives the film its most touching moments.
This is an artfully observed coming-of-age comedy by Gondry that eschews his trademark surrealism for deftly paced, expertly shot character studies of two likeable non-conformists. Featuring a memorable against-type performance by Audrey Tautou (Thérèse Desqueyroux – Festival 2013) as a distracted mother, Microbe & Gasoline is a ‘fuel-good’ hit.
Opening Night, Closing Night
Special Event, Q&A
Not showing in Parramatta.